Agusta Oversight

Organiser has described Brajesh Mishra as a “great facilitator” in the VVIP chopper deal with AgustaWestland.

Published: February 28, 2013 2:58 am

Agusta Oversight

Organiser has described Brajesh Mishra as a “great facilitator” in the VVIP chopper deal with AgustaWestland. In the cover story,Subramanian Swamy has claimed that Mishra “made sure” that his disapproval of the IAF’s unilateral “framing [of the operational requirements” for the deal was registered. Swamy draws attention to the fact that the “great facilitator in this deal,Brajesh Mishra” was “decorated with [the Padma Vibhushan” in 2011,and refers to his “daughter,Jyotsna [who is married to an Italian” to add that “it needs to be found out [if she got anything”.

While the cover story asserts that such deals are approved “only at the top level” and wonders whether “Sonia,Manmohan escape blame” in this case,it is Swamy’s article that shows the scam could emerge as a double-edged sword for the Sangh Parivar.

Shinde Again

The terror blasts in Hyderabad have given the Sangh Parivar another opportunity to criticise Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde for alleging that the RSS runs terror-training camps. An editorial in Panchjanya rebuked him for dreaming of “terror training in Sangh camps” but being blind to the threat of “SIMI”. The editorial suggests he “resign” if he cannot punish those responsible for the Hyderabad blasts.

The reports use Shinde’s admission that the home ministry had intelligence reports of potential attacks to allege that “Shinde slept” while the “blasts happened”,while another report highlighted the state government’s complaint of the inputs not being “specific”. Reports in both also highlighted the alleged hate speech of MIM MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi with Organiser saying that “it is widely believed that [the Owaisi speech created a fertile ground” for the blasts.

Loss of affection

The Sangh Parivar journals,which have been soft on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,registered their disapproval with her government. Both Panchjanya and Organiser reported an attack by “Muslim lumpens” on “Hindu property” in the state and cautioned her government against “indulging in the appeasement of the fanatic class amongst the Muslim community”. They published pictures of the alleged damage to temples by minority community members after a Muslim cleric was killed. Panchjanya has faulted Banerjee for remaining “indifferent” to crimes against Hindus,and said that the committee constituted by her to investigate includes “Muslims alone”.

Compiled by Ravish Tiwari

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